It’s Fat Tuesday! For us Catholics, Lent begins tomorrow so today is the day to pig out. When I was 21, I got to travel through New Orleans and I have been impressed by the food since then. For our Fat Tuesday meal, I made a gumbo style stew. It is not a traditional gumbo but it is still full of flavor and totally delicious. And you can make it in a slow cooker so your house will smell amazing all day!
Since I made this in a slow cooker, I used frozen chicken, frozen bell peppers, and frozen okra (mostly because I couldn’t find that fresh). You will also need some andouille sausage, some celery, an onion, a can of crushed tomatoes, your spice blend, and 2 cups chicken broth.
First, I added the meat and seasoned it heavily. Do not skimp on this step. New Orleans cuisine is full of flavor. I then added the vegetables and then the broth. Cook it on low for 7-8 hours. Prior to serving, use a spoon to shred the chicken in the slow cooker. Serve with white rice.
Gumbo Style Stew
- 1 pound chicken thighs
- 1 pound andouille sausage, sliced
- 1.5 cups frozen bell peppers
- 1.5 cups frozen okra
- 3 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 Tbs chili powder
- 2 Tbs paprika
- 2 Tbs garlic powder
- 1 Tbs pepper
- 1.5 tsp salt
- Place meat in slow cooker and season heavily
- Add the vegetables and broth
- Cook on low for 7-8 hours, stir around hour 4 to incorporate all the ingredients
- Serve with white rice
Are you celebrating Fat Tuesday? Or is today Paczki Day for you?